- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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There is heavy talk that San Diego defensive coordinator Ron Rivera is going to be named the head coach in Carolina.
The deal is not done, but Rivera is expected to meet with Carolina ownership Tuesday in a second interview, and if all goes well, a deal could get done soon. Rivera deserves this chance. He has had several interviews for head-coaching jobs in recent years and he did a great job in San Diego. The Chargers had the No.1 ranked defense in the NFL this season.
There is talk around the NFL that San Francisco defensive coordinator Greg Manusky could replace Rivera in San Diego. Chargers head coach Norv Turner and Manusky have a history together.
If Rivera gets the Carolina job, there will be key openings in every AFC West city. Denver and Oakland will have new head coaches and Kansas City is looking for a new offensive coordinator, where Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy is considered an option.
Denver’s head-coaching search continues to take shape. New Denver football leader John Elway announced New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will interview Wednesday. Former Carolina coach John Fox will interview Wednesday instead of Monday because of travel issues. Houston offensive coordinator Rick Dennison and Jacksonville offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter will be interviewed Tuesday. Giants’ defensive coordinator Perry Fewell and Denver interim coach Eric Studesville were interviewed on Sunday.
Denver could add to its list of six and could eventually talk to Atlanta offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey after the Falcons’ season is over if the Broncos’ search, which could be 7-10 days from conclusion, is not concluded. Mularkey postponed his interview last week.
The Raiders’ search has been typically quiet. Still, Oakland offensive coordinator Hue Jackson is expected to be promoted, although names such as former Oakland offensive coordinator Marc Trestman continue to emerge. Still, I’d be surprised if Jackson doesn’t get the job.